Welcome to day one of "Boys Will Be Boys So . . . Handmake Their Toys".
This set of Police softies has been on my "To Do" list since my two oldest boys decided they wanted to be cops for Halloween. Once I'd made them police hats and we'd put the rest of their costumes together, it was only natural for one of them to start asking for the accessories to go along. They've been making due, for the last few months, with odds and ends from the dress up bins. It never ceases to amaze me what these boys can turn into a weapon. The youngest turned a whale into a gun the other day.
To make your own set you'll need the following:
- printable pattern (3 pages)
- white cotton fabric scraps
- polyester fiberfill
- fabric or acrylic paint
- 6 inch piece of single fold bias tape, twill tape, or ribbon
- chopstick or point turner
Follow the directions on the pattern to cut out the pattern pieces. With right sides together sew each piece to it's match, leaving a 1 inch whole and back stitching at the beginning and end of each seam.
Clip the curves. Then, using a chopstick or point turner, turn each piece right side out.
Using small pieces of fiberfill at a time, fill each shape, using the chopstick to pack the fiber fill in snuggly. Make sure to leave room at the opening in order to turn and sew the open edge.
Sew each opening using a slip stitch and then paint on the details of each accessory. Before painting the handcuffs, you'll need to insert your piece of twill tape, ribbon, or if using bias tape simpley fold each long side into the center and then in half again. Sew along the open edge with a 1/4 inch seam to form a long "strip". Insert one end into each opening of the handcuffs, fold the raw edges in and edge stitch closed.
The provided pdf file contains pattern pieces for each of the above: walkie-talkie, badge, whistle, 1 set of handcuffs and three keys.
I'm a big fan of soft toys, especially for boys because a) they're quiet, b) they require the boys to use their vast imaginations and c) when the pretend cops get a little out of control . . . no one gets hurt.
Now that these are finished and I've hidden them away, I'm dying to give them to the boys. Man, oh man, is it hard to wait until Christmas!
And guess what? As part of Sew, Mama, Sew's Giveaway Day, I'm giving away a set to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment below telling me what kind of soft toy set your kid/s would like to have (examples: firemen tools, knights, doctor set ect.), along with your e-mail address so I have your contact information.
********Update: Giveaway is now closed ********
The police man softie giveaway will be open until December 7th and a winner will be chosen by random.org on December 9th. The set will be mailed by December 14th so it will arrive just in time for Christmas!
Now hop on over to If Only They Would Nap for Jess's fabulous Monster Art Carrier tutorial as well as today's HUGE "Boys Will Be Boys . . ." giveaway. Two Words: Fabric Fairy!!!!!